Published: April 4, 2018

Real Deal

Compiled by: Jennifer Lynch

KawaiiSqueezies_Series4_BlindBoxPlay Vision Named Emzo Kawaii Squeezies’ Exclusive North American Partner

Play Visions Inc. entered a strategic partnership with Emzo Kawaii Squeezies, the slow-rise collectibles from New Dimensions Toys.

Play Visions Inc. will be the exclusive partner of Emzo Kawaii Squeezies in North America and will take the lead on sales and distribution.

Emzo Kawaii Squeezies product line includes characters ranging from treats, animals and the latest girl’s accessories collection. Emzo Kawaii Squeezies currently has new collections in the early stages of development set to be released later this year.

The Ollie & Moon Show Nab New Partners

Federation Kids & Family and its sister production company Cottonwood Media welcome new broadcast and licensing partners across Europe for the animated preschool series The Ollie & Moon Show.

New broadcast partners for seasons one and two are: K2 (Italy), RTP (Portugal), ERRTV (Estonia), and LTV (Latvia), with Discovery Latin America adding season two to its schedule. The show has been widely sold to broadcasters worldwide, including NBC Sprout (USA), Netflix (US, Canada), France Télévisions (France), Uyoung (China), TVO, TFO and Knowledge (Canada), Discovery (Middle East), and VRT (Belgium), among others.

On the licensing front, Planeta Junior will represent the show in France, where it launched on France Télévisions in 2017. Spotlight has already brought on a number of licensees in the U.S., following its global debut on Sprout.

The Ollie & Moon Show is an animated, preschool series starring two kooky cats, Moon and Ollie, who spin everyday preschool life into globetrotting adventures. The television series is based on the best-selling Ollie & Moon books created by author and illustrator Diane Kredensor. Kredensor serves as creative producer for The Ollie & Moon Show.

Tiny Headed Kingdom Appoints Evolution Global Agent

Evolution was appointed as the worldwide brand management agency for Tiny Headed Kingdom (THK), a plush character brand.

THK is the brainchild of Emmy-nominated writer Mark Bailey and designers Robin Perkins and Clifford Selbert, founders of SPD Brands. The property consists of six characters with tiny heads, big hearts and large huggable bodies: Nickleby the Lion, Twist the Tiger, Dorrit the Elephant, Bagstock the Fox, Heep the Sloth, and Pip the Bear.

In 2016, Calendar Holdings LLC licensed Tiny Headed Kingdom in the plush toy category. The first three toys hit stores in November 2016 and immediately sold out before year’s end. Calendar Holdings renewed the license, adding three additional characters and two smaller sizes to offer 18 SKUs in total.

To maximize the brand’s potential and increase its international reach, THK has partnered with Evolution to spearhead international distribution partnerships in foreign territories for the core plush line, with the longer term goal of developing a robust licensing and merchandising program worldwide.

The Tiny Headed Kingdom property will be showcased at the Evolution booth at the upcoming International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas NV, May 22nd – 24th at booth # C-142.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reveals LEGO The Incredibles Game

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group, and Disney/Pixar announced LEGO The Incredibles, a new video game that lets players take control of their favorite Incredibles characters from both Disney/Pixar films, The Incredibles and the upcoming Incredibles 2.

In the game, players work together by combining the Parr family’s abilities and powers to conquer crime and family life in a LEGO world. Players explore story levels and a hub world, including Municiberg and Nomanisan Island, as they use their unique super abilities to bring the city’s villains to justice. Gamers can assemble LEGO builds on their own or team up for two-player co-op mode.

LEGO The Incredibles will be available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on June 15, the same day Incredibles 2 opens in theaters nationwide.

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